10 Bale Mountains & Rift Valley Tour


Visit the Bale mountains national park & hike mount Tulu Dimtu the 2nd highest mountain in Ethiopia to the depths of the Harenna Forest with abundant wildlife and colorful flora

The Bale Mountains and Rift Valley 10 Days Tour

Day 1 | Addis Ababa City Tour

in the morning arrive at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and be taken to your reserved hotel. In the afternoon we have several sightseeing options according to your preference:

  • Mount Entoto

with the best views over the capital

  • Institute of Ethiopian Studies

where you can see a variety of artifacts from all the different regions reflecting the history and culture of the country

  • National Museum

which among others exhibits the replica of the 3.5 million year old bones of Lucy.

  • St. George Cathedral

where paintings by the famous Ethiopian artist Afework Tekele and other ecclesiastical wealth and cultural heritage of the past are displayed.

  • Trinity Cathedral

this is the burial place of members of the imperial family and noted patriots; the cathedral is the most magnificent of its kind in the country, ornamented with carvings, mosaics, and other artistic works.

  • Mercato

the largest open-air market in Africa

Accommodation: Four Star Hotel, Addis Ababa

Day 2 | Addis Ababa– Lake Langano (200km)

After Breakfast, we drive to Bishangari Lodge at the shores of Lake Langano (approx. 4 hours). Bishangari Lodge is an eco-lodge situated within genuinely preserved nature. You may relax on the beach (swimming is possible), take a walk through the lodge and encounter wild animals such as Warthogs or Olive Baboons in front of your bungalow. The lodges can arrange many activities such as trekking through the nearby forest, mountain biking, bird watching, fishing, hippo Spotting, or horse riding.
Accommodation: Bishangari Lodge

Day 3 | Lake Langano – Dinsho (250km)

After breakfast, we continue our journey through Shshamane to Dinsho, where the headquarters of the Bale Mountains National Park is located (approx. 5 hours). In the afternoon we undertake a gentle, very interesting walk around the headquarters in Dinsho and almost certainly encounter animals such as warthogs, the endemic Menelik bushbuck, or the Mountain Nyala as well as a variety of birds.
Overnight: Dinsho Campsite

Day 4 | Trek from Dinsho to Sodota (18km)

Today we trek from Dinsho through the Web Valley towards the Fincha Habera waterfall, where the Web and Wolla rivers meet. In this area, we have our first chances to see the endemic Ethiopian Wolf, as well as raptors, rock hyrax, and many more species. After refreshing the pleasant waterfall, we continue to Sodota.
Overnight: Sodota campsite

Day 5 | Trek from Sodota to Keyrensa (20 km)

Today we continue our trek through magic landscapes to the Keyrensa campsite. Again we have very good chances to spot a variety of bird species, particularly raptors, as well as the Ethiopian wolf.
Overnight: Keyrensa campsite.

Day 6 | Trek from Keyrensa to Rafu (20km)

Today the way will be steep climbing up to the Rafu campsite. We then will pass by the volcanic rock pillars near Rafu from where we enjoy spectacular panoramic views. On the way, we should see Rock Hyrax, birds of prey, cliffs springer, and other mammals.
Overnight: Rafu campsite

Day 7 | Trek from Rafu to Gerba Guracha (22km)

Today we have a long trek through the largest Afro-alpine part of the African Continent, the Senneti plateau, ahead. After we reach our campsite, we will take a walk around the biggest lake in the Bale Mountains, called Gerba Guracha or ”Black Lake”. A variety of water birds usually stay around the lake.
Overnight: Gerba Guracha campsite.

Day 8 | Trek from Garba Guracha to Senetti (17km)

Today it will take us approx. 5-6 hrs to explore the Senetti Plateau, usually the best place to see the Ethiopian wolf. We also will have a chance to visit the Crane Lakes and climb the 2nd highest point of Ethiopia “Mount Tullu Deemtu,” offering an altitude of 4377 m and spectacular views of the surrounding areas. Highland birding includes the Abyssinian Catbird, Abyssinian Woodpecker, White-backed Black Tit, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Yellow-crowned Canary, Somali Chestnut Winged Starling, Olive Pigeon, and Mountain Buzzard.
Overnight: Camp at Senetti Campsite

Day 9 | Senetti – Harenna – Goba (40km)

After breakfast, we will be met by our vehicles and we will drive from the Senetti plateau down to Harrena forest (the largest rain forest in Ethiopia), the southern part of the national park holds unique vegetation and animals. We explore parts of the pristine Harenna forest on foot and hopefully spot the endemic Bale monkeys as well as Colobus monkeys. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Goba, where we will spend the night at the hotel.
Accommodation: Goba Wabeshebele Hotel, Goba

Day 10 | Goba – Addis Ababa (380km)

    • Morning / Afternoon:

We drive back to Addis and we will reach Addis late in the afternoon (a day room until your departure will be provided).

    • Evening:

In the evening you will have a traditional Ethiopian dinner and dance at a renowned restaurant in Addis Ababa. Then you will be transferred to your hotel or be transferred to the airport for your departure.

    • Accommodation:

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